Olaf’s Corner »
Olaf’s Corner is a column devoted to the stories and adventures of Nat Hab’s Chief Exploratory Officer, Olaf Malver. This column is Olaf’s “virtual voice”—a chance to hear firsthand accounts of adventures in the field, riveting personal stories from Olaf’s role as a head guide pushing the adventure frontier to the next level, and his perspectives as a deeply concerned conservationist. Through Olaf’s eyes, experience what it feels like to be a vitally alive human dealing with the raw emotion of adventure—fear, joy, exhilaration, self-doubt, gratitude…and the sheer pleasure of achieving wisdom through exploration.
My traveling buddy and I had just spent a horrible night north of the Guatemala border. All the cheap hotels in the dusty Mexican outpost of Tenosique were full, so we ended up inRead More »
“Vamanos, mujeres!” That was the insistent invitation from a large Cuna mamacita brandishing a grinning mouthful of golden teeth and a half chewed-up cigar. Wearing a red headscarf, arm and leg beads, gold noseRead More »
The islands of New Zealand are lands full of surprises, contrasts and sensory overload! These differences are found in the varied landscapes, from glacier-covered alpine peaks to subtropical rain forests to sparkling, 21st-century citiesRead More »
Jonathan did not look well, as I leaned him gingerly against the tall baobab tree under the sweltering Malagasy sun. His sweating face was pallid, his eyes flickering and he shook his head withRead More »
A successful tourist season at our East Greenland Base Camp was over. With all packed up, we bid goodbye to our wonderful Greenland staff and were ready for the homebound flight after another magicRead More »
The three sets of polar bear footprints on the tundra slope in east Greenland were very fresh. Two sets belonged to a pair of younger cubs and the third larger set was their mother’s.Read More »